Dual-display rig boasts speedy M3 and M2 MacBooks [Setups]


M3 Max MacBook Pro setup
With an M2 MacBook Air and an M3 Max MacBook Pro from work, this setup is highly productive.
Photo: chrisonhismac@Reddit.com

Who doesn’t love a good MacBook? Or maybe two MacBooks, like in today’s setup. The guy has his own M2 MacBook Air, a formidable machine. But he’s lucky enough to add to it an absolutely screaming M3 Max MacBook Pro courtesy of his employer. Nice perk, that.

He can also thank work for his second 4K display. But it doesn’t top his own.

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Dual-display setup boasts M2 and M3 MacBooks

Redditor chrisonhismac showcased the newly upgraded setup in a post entitled, “V3 of my setup.” He also shared his first version and his second version.

So now he runs two powerful Apple laptops. His personal one is a 15-inch M2 MacBook Air with 24GB of unified memory and a 1TB SSD. And his work provided him with a 16-inch M3 Max MacBook Pro with a whopping 95GB of memory and a 1TB SSD.

He uses the two slick laptops with two slick displays. First, his own is a big 40-inch Dell UltraSharp U4025QW curved 4K display he got after trying two other configurations. And second, his work provided him with a 27-inch LG UltraFine 4K monitor.

Then he rounds out his setup with a Logitech C920 webcam, a Keychron Q3 Pro custom mechanical keyboard, a Logitech MX Master 3S wireless mouse, a Blue Yeti USB microphone and an Elgato Stream Deck.

Powerful M3 Max MacBook Pro and M2 MacBook Air laptops

Anyway, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind if work handed me a nice laptop like an M3 Max MacBook Pro packed with memory and a nice 4K display. Not that Chris’ personal M2 MacBook Air is much of a slouch, but his work laptop must be blazing fast.

And with that much memory, it’s future-proofed for a good while. You can actually pack one with 128GB or memory to max it out.

A 16-inch M3 Max MacBook Pro hails from late 2023. Its M3 Max chip carries a 14-core CPU and a 30-core GPU. Loaded with 96GB of unified memory and a 1TB SSD for storage, Chris’ model goes for a little over $4,100. It comes with 6.56-foot USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable and a USB-C power adapter.

M3 Max MacBook Pro features:

  • M3 Max chip with up to 16-core CPU and up to 40-core GPU
  • Up to 128GB of unified memory
  • Up to 8TB of super-fast SSD storage
  • 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with Extreme Dynamic Range, 1000 nits of sustained brightness (HDR content) and up to 600 nits of brightness for (SDR content)
  • Up to 22 hours of battery life

And if you like the desktop wallpaper showing on the big display, you can find it here.

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16-inch M3 Max MacBook Pro

This version of Apple's professional laptop comes with a 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display and an M3 Max Chip with 14-core CPU and 30-core GPU, plus 96GB of unified memory and 1TB SSD storage.

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05/19/2024 03:39 am GMT


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